The First National Bank of Trinidad’s Galleria project moves swiftly toward completion. Peeking through the open entrance area, the interior splendor can be seen taking place, vaulted sky lights, large stairwells. All vintage, yet all new!
The Marketplace Gallery recently burst forth from one of the many buildings hiding new businesses behind butcher paper. When interviewed, one founding member Lori Holdread was asked why she was excited about this new gallery in town. “We’re excited because we’re able to feature top-notch, local artists who struggle to find gallery space in Trinidad that matches those in Santa Fe. We’re able to provide space for those who go through a juried process and also sell art at reasonable Trinidad prices. It’s a win for everyone. Last month, two artists sold $3,000 of their work. That’s a pretty exciting beginning, don’t you think?”
All founding members, including Erin Ogletree, Deborah Bernhardt, Paula Little, and Joanie Hessling also serve as docents, with knowledge about each artist and the process of their work and who serve as guides for potential customers.
One example of the unique work available at the Marketplace is tumbled glass, very similar to Sea Glass but actually tumbled vintage glass from mining sites and local ghost towns. Absolutely magnificent.
Marketplace Gallery is located at 149 E. Main St., Suite 8.
www.trinidadmarketplace.com and Facebook.
Hours 10 – 6, Wed. – Sat.; 1 – 5, Sun.
An exciting new business in town is Moose’s, described by owners Nancy and Howard Lackey as a Social Club and Martini Bar, a welcoming and friendly environment where people can socialize in a comfortable atmosphere. Moose’s offers a lunch menu filled with tasty entrees such as a Hunter’s Platter, a Vegan Platter and one of many specials titled Smachos: nachos and chips with pinto beans, cheese, and chili sauce. Also featured are craft beers from Trinidad’s Dodgeton Creek Brewery.
“With all the activity we’ve had here in the last two years, and we’ve always said we’re the last, best mountain town in Colorado, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people who are moving here from other part of the country that want to see more activity and social gathering spots. That’s why we opened this as a social gathering spot,” explains Howard Lackey. “We’re open to new ideas that would be interesting to our clientele and the folks here in Trinidad. Some options so far are: a place for book clubs to meet over a glass of wine, presentations and discussions on local history, outdoor recreational opportunities and wine-making, an acoustic musicians’ night with local musicians featured.” Nancy Lackey said she hoped people would like the new establishment and “think of us as non-traditional. It’s more like a lounge where you can come in and have some comfort food and maybe a drink and enjoy a conversation."
Moose’s, located at 308 W. Main St., is one of many new businesses that are refurbishing blighted and empty real estate throughout the Creative District.
Almost completed on Commercial is the pocket park in front of Frank’s Images which features new “art in public places,” a unique brick statue, designed especially for Trinidad. The park is now ready for a water feature and seating, affording a relaxing place to view all the activities and upgrades along Commercial street.